Dak Prescott has “no knowledge” of how machine-generated autographs ended up on his trading cards

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Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has “no knowledge” of how machine-generated autographs ended up on some of his trading cards.

Panini America, the Irving, Texas, based trading card company that has an exclusive autographed trading card agreement with Prescott, released a statement Friday night. It came a day after ESPN reported that an autograph authentication company refused to verify Prescott’s signature in a recent card set.

Panini absolved Prescott after an investigation and announced it had signed the second-year player to a long-term extension.

Here is Panini’s press release:

“Panini America executives and quarterback Dak Prescott met on Thursday to investigate in detail a limited quantity of Prescott-autographed trading cards that were issued as redemptions for Panini America’s 2016 NFL Prizm trading card product.

“Last week, after being contacted by an autograph authenticator and following an internal quality control process, Panini America officials determined that a small quantity of Prescott autographs received for 2016 Prizm Football may not be authentic.

“As an immediate precaution, Panini America began recalling all Prizm Football Dak Prescott autograph cards, stopping deliveries to 110 customers. Not all shipments were able to be recalled, however, and 167 cards were ultimately delivered to customers.

“It was also discovered that some of Prescott’s Prizm cards are still unaccounted for. Panini has committed to remanufacturing all the Dak Prescott Prizm Football cards, which Dak will sign to replace all the autograph cards within the Prizm collection. All the remanufactured cards for the Prizm collection autographed by Prescott will feature a special Dak Prescott hologram to differentiate the new cards.

“Panini is in the process of contacting the remaining customers affected and recalling the 2016 Prizm Football Prescott redemption cards to replace them. The company urges anyone offered a 2016 Prizm Dak Prescott autographed card not featuring the special hologram to contact Panini America immediately.

“On Thursday, Prescott and Panini America agreed to a long-term extension on his exclusive autographed trading card agreement to commit to delivering quality and authentic products to collectors. Prescott has autographed thousands of Panini America trading cards during his rookie season, has participated in multiple authenticated signing sessions and received additional card shipments throughout the year and returned them to Panini America to be incorporated into products. Prescott and his representatives have worked closely with Panini during this process since becoming aware of the discrepancies and have no knowledge of how those cards were returned to Panini.”

37 responses to “Dak Prescott has “no knowledge” of how machine-generated autographs ended up on his trading cards

  1. It’s a shame that a decent guy like Prescott has to get mixed up in a sleazy business like autographs.

  2. I have an idea of how those autos wound up being machine-generated. Dak signed an exclusive contract with Panini for his autograph ,got tired of doing what he was being paid to do,and got L-A-Z-Y. He has no knowledge? Bull. Collectors can spot a fake or auto-pen in about 2 seconds flat.

  3. Thanks to the attention this story had gotten the cards that are out there will turn this into our generation’s Honus Wagner.

  4. There is something about this guy, he always seems to be around sketchy situations. A Cowboy doesn’t change his spots, so look for more stuff later on.

  5. The entire memorabilia market is rife with fraud and grown men that collect the signatures and clothes of other men are losers.


  6. NO knowledge? That’s a problem. If that’s *really* the case, scam artists will fleece him VERY badly.

    If that’s not the case, his story will unravel & he’ll look worse.

  7. thats an awful lot of commotion for cards that are going to be worth about a nickel a piece after he throws 25 interceptions and 10 touchdowns this year. reality check cowgirl fans, last year was simply an aberration. get used to thinking you should have kept tony romo

  8. If collectors think that the trading cards are valuable now, imagine how much they might be worth if the Cowboys ever get around to actually winning a playoff game?

  9. Well it is possible someone else did the forgery/auto pen without his knowledge.

  10. People that collect sports memorabilia should have their heads examined. It reminds me of the old PT Barnum quote, ” There’s a sucker born every minute.”

  11. Now that the brand new authentication service that broke this story has gotten the maximum amount of publicity it can by dragging the Dallas Cowboy QB through the dirt, will they be checking other NFL players signatures on “collectibles”? Will they hold a breathless press conference for every machine signature they find, or have they already generated enough business for themselves?

  12. Dak’s sentence will be to write, “I will sign my own autographs, Dak Prescott” 1,ooo times. His penance sheets will go on eBay with a starting bid of $15,000.

  13. People need to collect autographs like I do, of bums. A blank NFL helmet is $25 but with Tim Couch’s signature I got mine for $8. Prescott will be going for $5 before you know it.

  14. Dak got caught, Panini covered him on the pretense of a long term contract which is worth far more than the replacement of some 200 cards.

    Where there’s smoke, there’s fire

  15. oooooooo holograms ! Hopefully the people who bought the scam cards get these for free.

  16. “grown men that collect the signatures and clothes of other men are losers.”

    By that logic anyone who collects anything is a “loser”. I wonder what you collect or like?

    I’ve been to over 40 countries and have brought back mementos from most of them. Does that make me a “loser” because I want something to remember the places I’ve been and liked?

  17. So, he either knew about it and didn’t care, or the company did this without his approval. Either way, he should be more personally involved in his endorsement deals. Ignorance excuses not.

  18. exinsidetrader says:
    Jul 8, 2017 6:17 AM
    The entire memorabilia market is rife with fraud and grown men that collect the signatures and clothes of other men are losers.

    There is nothing wrong with a man that collects something that brings him closer to a great moment or a memory from their life. An example: Owning the game worn 1967 Superbowl jersey of Green Bay Packers Quarterback Bart Starr… which was a game that you and your father who has since passed away and was very dear to you attended together. It is something that you can share with your young son… a piece of your history, a story that can be passed on to your son or daughter and his alike… A die-hard Green Bay Packers family that finds common ground through professional sports. There is absolutely nothing loser like with that!

  19. You know how you got caught and you are now using legal speak to try to CYA?

    When that is not the case, and you don’t know something, you say “i don’t know”

    When that is the case, you say “I have no knowledge of that”

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